Newton and the Origin of Civilization Jed Z. Buchwald

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Newton and the Origin of Civilization  by  Jed Z. Buchwald

Newton and the Origin of Civilization by Jed Z. Buchwald
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Isaac Newtons Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended, published in 1728, one year after the great mans death, unleashed a storm of controversy. And for good reason. The book presents a drastically revised timeline for ancient civilizations,MoreIsaac Newtons Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended, published in 1728, one year after the great mans death, unleashed a storm of controversy. And for good reason.

The book presents a drastically revised timeline for ancient civilizations, contracting Greek history by five hundred years and Egypts by a millennium. Newton and the Origin of Civilization tells the story of how one of the most celebrated figures in the history of mathematics, optics, and mechanics came to apply his unique ways of thinking to problems of history, theology, and mythology, and of how his radical ideas produced an uproar that reverberated in Europes learned circles throughout the eighteenth century and beyond.Jed Buchwald and Mordechai Feingold reveal the manner in which Newton strove for nearly half a century to rectify universal history by reading ancient texts through the lens of astronomy, and to create a tight theoretical system for interpreting the evolution of civilization on the basis of population dynamics.

It was during Newtons earliest years at Cambridge that he developed the core of his singular method for generating and working with trustworthy knowledge, which he applied to his study of the past with the same rigor he brought to his work in physics and mathematics.

Drawing extensively on Newtons unpublished papers and a host of other primary sources, Buchwald and Feingold reconcile Isaac Newton the rational scientist with Newton the natural philosopher, alchemist, theologian, and chronologist of ancient history.



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